7” I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord, the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has granted us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel that he has granted them according to his compassion, according to the abundance of his steadfast love. 8 For he said, “Surely they are my people, children who will not deal falsely.” And he became their Savior. 9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.” (Isaiah 63:7-9)
Have you ever read a portion of Scripture, and then read it again? What portion of Scripture is it? Perhaps, you have read the particular portion of God’s Word you have in mind several times over the course of your life in Christ. However, all of a sudden upon recently reading the same portion, you are overwhelmed by its content and thrilled at its meaning. The words jump off the pages and resound within your soul. As I am writing this very paragraph, the Michael W. Smith composition Thy Word is playing on my computer. How appropriate. There are no coincidences.
The portion of Scripture I have in mind is Isaiah 63:7-9. I know I have it read it before. Countless timers, perhaps. However, upon reading it again in preparation for this devotional, the words resounded with clarity in my mind, emotions and will.
Isaiah recalled and remembered the steadfast love of the LORD. In so doing, he praised Yahweh for not only His graciousness, but also His goodness and compassion. All of these blessings are again according to the abundance of the LORD’s steadfast love.
The prophets exclaims that we are God’s people; children of righteousness and truth. We are God’s people because He chose to be our Savior. In all our afflictions, He too was afflicted. The phrase, the angel of His presence, is none other than a reference to the LORD Himself (Exodus 14:19; 23:20-23; 33:12-15; Numbers 20:16). The LORD remains so close to His children that He feels their afflictions as if they were His own (Exodus 3:1-2).
Isaiah concludes that the LORD has saved, has pitied, redeemed, lifted and carried His children. What was true in the context of the Old Testament covenant community of Israel, remains so in the New Testament covenant community of the church.
Dr. John MacArthur writes, “All the plurals in this verse imply that language is inadequate to recite all the goodness and undeserved mercies God has showered on the nation time after time because of his everlasting covenant with them. By his elective choice, they became his people and he their Savior (43:1, 3); this guarantees that they will not always be false, but someday true and faithful to God because of his sovereign election of them” (Eph. 1:3–4).”
Soli deo Gloria!